Jenna Dewan is a dancer and actress known best for her amazing moves with in the movie “Step Up.” She’s also been a dancer for Janet Jackson, Pink, Missy Elliott, and Christina Aguilera, and is the co-host of “World of Dance” with Jennifer Lopez.
She is incredibly athletic and keeps her body in amazing shape to be the best at her craft as she can. I admire her so much, and I’ve loved learning about her routine. :)
JENNA DEWAN’S DIET
A CLEAN VEGAN DIET
Jenna eats as clean as possible. She sticks to whole ingredients and avoids eating processed foods. She’s also vegan, so she doesn’t eat any animal products, including meat, dairy, or even eggs. She eats lots and lots of vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.
Most of Jenna’s dietary choices come from the desire to feel good and treat her body right. She doesn’t like going through different diets. Instead, she prefers to think about her eating habits as a lifestyle.
Jenna chooses to be vegan because of the way it makes her feel. She says her body prefers fewer animal products. But she also says that she is concerned about the ethics of consuming animals.
WHAT JENNA DEWAN EATS EVERYDAY
Typically, Jenna tries to eat about 1,400 calories a day. This isn’t a lot, but remember that Jenna is a petite woman (she’s only about 5’3″ or 160 cm).
Everybody has different caloric needs based on their own body. Here’s how to calculate your ideal calorie intake. :)
And here’s what Jenna eats in a day:
Jenna loves green smoothies! She says they fill her up (from lots of fiber!), give her energy, and have given her better hair and skin. Here’s what she likes to put in her smoothies:
- cod liver oil
- black sesame seeds
Sometimes, if she isn’t feeling like a smoothie, Jenna will switch it up and eat sprouted grain cereal. She adds raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries to provide flavour and more nutrients!
For lunch, Jenna likes to stick to salad. She’s part Lebanese and likes to incorporate Lebanese food in her afternoon meal.
One of her favourite dishes is tabouli, a salad made of parsley, tomatoes, mint, onion, bulgur, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. She likes to keep this in her fridge so that she can grab it and go as she needs.
Jenna’s all about bowls for dinner. She loves quinoa bowl with black beans and tomatoes. She tops it with roasted squash and zucchini, red peppers, avocado corn, and chipotle sauce. Jenna eats this with tortilla strips and salsa. YUM!
When Jenna goes out for dinner, she almost always chooses sushi. She picks vegan roles and says she loves eating anything with ginger!
Jenna isn’t a big fan of desserts, so she tends to avoid sweets after dinner. She does have a soft spot for junk foods like fries. She doesn’t eat salty food very often, but she does indulge occasionally.
Jenna lives a very active life, and she likes to make sure she has healthy snacks on hand in case she gets hungry.
She loves to pack a smoothie to carry her through her afternoon. This smoothie is more fruit-focused than her breakfast green smoothie. She makes it with apple, banana, raspberries, blueberries, and water.
Jenna also brings fruit and nutrition bars with her. She loves Luna bars as an emergency snack when she’s extra hungry.
JENNA DEWAN’S WORKOUT ROUTINE
Jenna works with trainer Jennifer Johnson, who is also a dancer. Jennifer helps Jenna keep her body in perfect shape to look good and be able to continue dancing well.
When Jenna doesn’t make it to a dance class, she still likes to incorporate dance into her routine. She and Jennifer will do a 30-minute dance warm-up before she moves onto other exercises.
Dancing can be a lot of work. It is very high energy. But it also requires a lot of different body movements that tone and condition muscles too. It’s also fun and helps Jenna stay motivated with fitness!
CARDIO AND STRENGTH TOGETHER
Jenna is a busy woman, and she prefers to do power workouts that push her to her limits. She likes to be done with her workouts in an hour, and she typically only goes to the gym a couple of times a week.
To make the best use of Jenna’s time, Jennifer tries to make sure that Jenna gets in cardio and strength workouts every time she hits the gym.
Jenna’s body is naturally thin, and she doesn’t need a lot of cardio to stay slim. Instead, she wants to make sure her body continues to look toned and tight. She does this by making strength training a priority.
HOW JENNA TONES HER ABS
Abs became Jenna’s biggest priority after becoming a mother. She says she needs to spend extra time on them at the gym to keep them toned.
Jenna ends every workout with a bunch of ab moves. She mixes up her moves every workout to keep her body guessing, but some of her favourite ab exercises include:
- Planks to bridges
- V-ups with sliding discs
- Low planks with arm reaches
- Reverse planks
- Side planks
Jenna doesn’t like crunches, so most of her ab workouts are planks with some variation of leg or arm movement. These help her midsection stay activated and tight!
HOW JENNA WORKS HER BUTT
Dancers naturally have perky butts. They use those muscles all the time, after all! But, as Jenna has been dancing professionally less, she’s needed to include lots of butt exercises in the gym to keep her butt looking fabulous.
Jennifer has Jenna cycle through the following lower-body moves:
- lunges (often with low weights or resistance bands)
- squats (often with low weights or resistance bands)
- donkey kicks (with 10-pound ankle weights)
- leg lifts (with 10-pound ankle weights)
Jenna loves butt workouts so much that her trainer named a lower-body move after her. You can watch them do the “Jenna squat” on Instagram.
EXERCISE DURING AND AFTER PREGNANCY
Jenna didn’t stop exercising while she was pregnant. However, the format of her exercises did change somewhat. She focused on keeping her arms very toned because that’s what she was showing off on the red carpet.
Her favourite arm workouts include tricep extensions, bicep curls, and bent-over rows with her resistance bands.
After pregnancy, Jenna tried to use downtime with her daughter as an opportunity to get workouts in.
For example, while she was holding her daughter before bed, she would do a set of lunges across her room. She thinks squeezing workouts like this into her day helped her body jump back to normal fairly quickly.
Most of Jenna’s workouts are very high energy and intense. However, she likes to practice Pilates once a week if she has the time. Pilates helps her tone her muscles, stretch out her body, and keep her relaxed.
Pilates isn’t easy, and Jenna says she’s noticed that it has helped her get stronger over time.
STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY!
Jenna Dewan is a beautiful, talented woman. She has an amazing body. I admire her dedication to staying fit and being happy with herself!
Love Rachael xx
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